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'A good, old-fashioned page turner' from Jennifer Egan

5/18/2018
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Bookseller Linda Kass says you "always learn something in a Jennifer Egan novel." In Egan's latest, the subjects range from searching for bodies underwater to running a nightclub.

Duration:00:01:58

National Book Award finalists: 'Never Caught' and 'Democracy in Chains'

5/14/2018
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Two 2017 National Book Award finalists speak at Concordia College in Moorhead about their new books.

Duration:01:04:29

Historical Society's newest old book tells tales of a new world

5/9/2018
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The 1619 volume records the experiences of Samuel de Champlain, who traveled the eastern Great Lakes region.

Duration:00:02:16

An 'elegant, accessible, transcendent, earthy' poetry collection

5/4/2018
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National Poetry Month ended in April, but bookstore owner Nathan Montoya has a poetry recommendation that's fresh year-round.

Duration:00:01:54

Thread Book Hour: Carter Meland and Terese Mailhot

5/4/2018
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Today on MPR News Presents it's the Thread Book Hour with a duo of Native American authors.

Duration:00:31:06

When Teddy Roosevelt went to the Amazon

4/27/2018
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Bookseller Jinny Amundson pulls a good read from the backlist with a tale of adventure and Teddy Roosevelt.

Duration:00:01:48

In new book, Alex Wagner climbs the tangled branches of her family tree

4/24/2018
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The CBS News contributor found that her lack of a defined ethnic category gave rise to a sense of loneliness.

Duration:00:04:13

A story of apathy in 'Red Clocks'

4/24/2018
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Author Leni Zumas explores what it would be like if everyone gave up the fight for reproductive rights.

Duration:00:35:06

If the Civil War ended with zombies

4/20/2018
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Bookseller Jessica Cox recommends a novel that imagines an alternate history, where the dead rose up at the Battle of Gettysburg, triggering a zombie apocalypse.

Duration:00:01:43

A story of addiction and creativity with author Leslie Jamison

4/16/2018
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"That sense of being touch with something dark and deep was part of the lure [of addiction]," Jamison told host Kerri Miller.

Duration:00:43:15

For Ferrante fans, another story of 'a very strong woman, very well told'

4/14/2018
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Bookstore owner Danny Caine recommends "an intimate coming-of-age immigrant story that ends up telling the whole story of 20th century Iran as well."

Duration:00:01:30

Scott Tong explores China's history through his own genealogy

4/11/2018
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Journalist Scott Tong's new book explores China's history by tracing his own genealogy.

Duration:00:51:22

A true story about schizophrenia

4/10/2018
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Writer Sandra Allen received a fat manila envelope in the mail one day, filled with a stack of yellowed paper about a half inch thick. Allen had always heard about "crazy" Uncle Bob, but the manuscript they read that day opened up a window into the complex mind of someone living with mental illness.

Duration:00:31:04

'You're rooting for the good guys, and you can just smell and breathe the bad guys'

4/7/2018
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Anne Water recommends a "great, atmospheric story that sucks you into the world" of Appalachia.

Duration:00:01:58

Would you want to know the exact date of your death?

3/31/2018
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Chloe Benjamin's novel "The Immortalists" follows four young siblings who meet with a traveling psychic. The psychic predicts the date of their deaths -- and that knowledge shapes every decision they make.

Duration:00:01:43

An author who starts where most others end

3/24/2018
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Bookseller Steve Iwanski recommends a novel about "a down-on-his-luck, beat-up old prize fighter, who loses $12,000 that he needed to pay off his ruthless boss." That's only the beginning.

Duration:00:01:54

A powerful look at black girls' path through the education system

3/17/2018
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Clarrissa Cropper said "Pushout" traces how factors at home affect students' "ability to be at school, and be surrounded by the pressures of classmates, teachers, homework."

Duration:00:01:35

'Bunk:' A new book about hoaxes and what they tell us about ourselves

3/14/2018
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American history is full of hoaxes and hucksters, but they were often at the expense of people of color or indigenous peoples.

Duration:00:33:27

'Loaded': A look at the complex history of the Second Amendment

3/10/2018
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The national conversation around gun control is dominating the news. Bookseller Alyson Jones Turner recommends a title that dives into America's unique historical relationship with firearms.

Duration:00:01:57

'Based on a True Story': A creepy, twisty page-turner

3/3/2018
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Bookseller Morgan recommends a novel built around a writer who finds sudden success, and a new acquaintance: "It's both very literary, and also just a really good, creepy, twisty thriller."

Duration:00:01:51

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